January 07, 2021
A new year is a great time for reflection on where you've been, where you're heading, and why you ate so many desserts over the holidays. Sometimes the answers are completely unrelated, and sometimes there's a direct cause and effect. Remember 2020?
If your plans for the new year include writing about tech, the Noel Rappin interview and AMA featured at https://forum.devtalk.com/t/spotlight-noel-rappin-author/5509 this month will provide a great roadmap. Plus, just by asking Noel a question or posting a comment, you'll automatically have a chance to win a free digital copy of one of his PragProg books.
If, on the other hand, your plans include starting down the path of software development, Learn to Program, Third Edition, is sure to help you kick things off on the right foot. All you need is a computer and an internet connection to get started.
Learn to Program, Third Edition
Computers are everywhere, and being able to program them is more important than it has ever been. But since most books on programming are written for other programmers, it can be hard to break in.
At least it used to be. Chris Pine will teach you how to program. You'll learn to use your computer better, to get it to do what you want it to do. Starting with small, simple one-line programs to calculate your age in seconds, you'll see how to write interactive programs, to use APIs to fetch live data from the internet, to rename your photos from your digital camera, and more. You'll learn the same technology used to drive modern dynamic websites and large, professional applications.
Whether you are looking for a fun new hobby or are interested in entering the tech world as a professional, this book gives you a solid foundation in programming. Chris teaches the basics, but also shows you how to think like a programmer. You'll learn through tons of examples, and through programming challenges throughout the book. When you finish, you'll know how and where to learn more—you'll be on your way.
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